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HomeTeam Hot List: Pinellas hosts two big swim meets

One of the area’s top volleyball tournaments, the Berkeley Premier, also starts this weekend.
Clearwater Academy International's Ajou Ajou makes a reception while working through a passing drill in April. CAI faces American Collegiate on Friday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Sep. 16

A closer look at some of the high school events worth checking out this week:

Girls golf, Mustang Invitational

Noon, Thursday at East Bay GC. The tournament has shifted from Seminole Lake Country Club to East Bay CC in Largo. The teams are Northside Christian, Palm Harbor University, Canterbury, Shorecrest, Clearwater Central Catholic, Largo, Wiregrass Ranch, Osceola, Mitchell and Fort Lauderdale Archbishop McCarthy.

Volleyball, Berkeley Premier

Friday-Saturday. One of the bigger regular-season tournaments in the area. There are 16 teams in four pools. Local teams include Bishop McLaughlin, Clearwater Central Catholic, Berkeley Prep, Palm Harbor University, Academy of the Holy Names and Calvary Christian. Action starts at 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

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Swimming, Pinellas County Athletic Conference Championships

Friday-Saturday at the Long Center. Diving starts at 10 a.m. Friday. The swimming portion of the meet starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with the preliminaries, followed by the finals at 5 p.m. Palm Harbor University, which has the most depth among public schools in the county, is favored to repeat as the boys and girls champions.

Berkeley Prep's Isabela Arcila powers through the breaststroke portion of the 200 IM at last year's Class A, District 7 meet. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]

Swimming, Tampa Bay Classic

Friday at Berkeley Prep and Saturday at North Shore Pool. Diving starts at 4 p.m. Friday. The swimming portion starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the finals at 5 p.m. There are two titles at stake — one for the meet and another for the Bay Conference, which includes mostly smaller private schools in the area. Berkeley, which will be returning from Jacksonville on Friday, always is a contender for the boys and girls trophies.

Football, Steinbrenner at Hillsborough

7:30 p.m. Friday. Perhaps the best Hillsborough County game this week. The Warriors have not scored fewer than 41 points this season and have won all four games by at least 20. Hillsborough will be a big test. The Terriers’ lone loss was to undefeated Tampa Bay Tech.

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Football, Clearwater Academy vs. American Collegiate

7:30 p.m. Friday at Pinellas Park National Little League. This is a rare opportunity to watch the area’s two independent teams play. Both typically travel around the state — or nation — in search of games. There will be plenty of talent on the field, too. Clearwater Academy receiver Ajou Ajou has already committed to defending national champion Clemson. American Collegiate running back Keyvone Lee recently committed to Penn State.

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